To all stakeholders,
> I don't have a problem with Cape Town, but as suggested by
> ICANN, make sure you get regional consensus. Last year, Tarek
> did a wonderful job in setting an unprecedented standard for the
> Cairo meeting (very well organised and probably the best
> attended one).
Keen and accurate observations. I completely agree and this is the reason
for my email and efforts in this regard. If anyone has made any alternative
plans in this regard please mention it, my intentions are not to displace or
compete with any other project, only to strive towards the very high
standards set by Tarek in Cairo.
> A meeting of this magnitude requires meticulous planning from
> dedicated people, as well as adequate funding. Do you have an
> idea to what extent Uniforum and the Dept of Communications are
> willing to sponsor ? Should we seek additional funding ?
I feel that this is a process issue. As you have indicated there should be
consensus in the region for this. I assumed that with the indications made
by Calvin and Mr Ncaba, the next step should be to get consensus. My
justification is that once we have some consensus there is much greater
commitment to put in the effort to begin analysing and initiating the
numerous tasks required (eg - in order to estimate the funding requirements,
we need to further understand the logistics - venues, technology
requirements, etc) . Basically I feel that without consensus there is much
less motivation and the whole concept seems less tangible.
The other issue I would like to raise is 'Who is best equipped to handle
this project?'. I am not claiming that I am ideally suited for this task, I
am just here and remain consistent with my committment to the region and the
industry. If there are any other volounteers, please mention it. Raul or
Tarek, possibly your experience can assist us with some advice in this
PS: I do not seem to be receiving my posts to Afrik-IT or Afrinic-discuss -
Charles or anyone else - please can you shed any light on this?
> > Hi, (apologies for cross post)
> > I noticed that there is a proposed ICANN meeting for Sub-Saharan
> > Africa early next year and I agree that regional consensus on
> > this issue is important.
> > Uniforum (co.za registry/ar), and Andile Ncaba, DG of the
> > Department of Communications, have indicated to me an intent to
> > sponsor this meeting should it be held in Cape Town at that time.
> > I believe that we can obtain further sponsorships from other
> > related organisations should they be required.
> > I believe that we have a most suitable, stable and safe
> > environment as well as access to all the most appropriate
> > facilities.
> > I also have recently learned that the ICCA, which is a global
> > organisation that rates locations for conferences, has raised
> > Cape Town from position 51 to position 30 in the world. The
> > Unicity (local authority) are on a very aggressive drive to get
> > CT to the top 10.
> > Please send me any of your comments or questions regarding this
> > matter.
> > Kind regards,
> > Alan
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Raul Echeberria" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: "Alan Levin" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Cc: "NAIS study" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 4:59 PM
> > Subject: Re: [NAIS] Fw: ICANN meeting - proposed Feb 28- March 4,
> > 2002
> > >
> > > Alan:
> > >
> > > When John Crain and Diane Schroader from the ICANN's staff were
> > > here in Montevideo last month, I expressed them my point of
> > > view about that Cape Town should be the best option for the
> > > African meeting.
> > >
> > > As you can see, it seems that we are coordinated.
> > >
> > > You have my support but the most important here is to have an
> > > African consensus. My experience is that if you have a regional
> > > consensus , ICANN's staff wont oppose your decision. We worked
> > > in this way for the two Latinamerican meetings. Santiago de
> > > Chile in '99 and Montevideo in '01.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > >
> > > Raul Echeberria
> > > [log in to unmask]